I will argue as strongly as possible against the YEC view on both scientific
and theological grounds. Moreover, I agree that as science it is simply wrong & ought
not be taught as a currently viable scientific theory. But we simply cannot say that
as theology it is heretical to hold this view. While the Bible & the church's tradition
are certainly open to an old universe and an evolutionary understanding of life, these
are not positions required by Scripture.
IF Christians can be brought to understand that evolution can be understood in a
ways which are compatible with basic Christian beliefs about creation, sin, &
redemption, then attempts to butress YEC views with scientific arguments will lose their
purpose & fade away. But this will not happen if we cut off contact with YECs by
declaring their position heretical.
George L. Murphy